No offence is intended guys but these comments are painfully close to comments in the 60s on 'uppity negros'. I'm not painting anyone as a racist... instead, pointing out the very real, very close, vien these comments run in.
People felt the same in the 60s, before blacks had real rights in the south. They were permiating white/popular culture -- it had become 'cool to be black'. Singers like Elvis were finding success with what was termed a 'negro sound' -- the status quo had changed and some were not comfortable with that reality.
Some food for thought.